Geoff and Kristi Rinehart were hired by New Community Church of Spokane in the fall of 2011 to spearhead the planting and start-up phase of Chi Rho Community in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Geoff served on staff at New Community for a little over a year, while simultaneously starting a Chi Rho small group. Chi Rho began meeting corporately for worship once a month starting in September 2012, and was officially commissioned by New Comm on February 3rd, 2013. Chi Rho has been gathering regularly in small groups since its inception, and every first and third Sunday for corporate worship in their home since April 2015. Geoff currently serves part-time as the founding/lead pastor.
Various aspects of Chi Rho’s community life would not happen without many giving of their time and abilities in service to one another, including small group facilitation, music leadership, communion, and community service efforts.
Geoff has served in vocational and bi-vocational ministry for over 25 years, and has experience in a variety of business ventures. Geoff is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his Masters in Theology from Whitworth University. Geoff is especially passionate about helping people read and understand the Scriptures in their historical and literary context. As the planting pastor at Chi Rho, Geoff’s focus is on discipleship, teaching, vision, and strategy. In addition to serving Chi Rho, he currently serves part-time with Communitas International as the North American advancement director (learn more about this role here). In 2016 he co-launched the Pacific Northwest accelerator cohort (PNAC) with Russ Davis of New Community Church where he has coached more than a dozen entrepreneurs and visionaries in how to build their businesses as missional enterprises. StrengthsFinder: Intellection, Input, Connectedness, Learner, Belief.
Kristi is a graduate of Stanford University and works (almost) full-time for a Spokane marketing agency as director of client services and operations. She has a heart for hospitality and uses her organizational gifts to take Geoff’s ideas and make them happen! Strengthsfinder: Focus, Belief, Includer, Activator, Learner.
Geoff and Kristi live in Hayden with their slightly-neurotic Australian shepherd, Bella. Their oldest daughter Maddi attends Whitworth University in Spokane and their youngest daughter Carrington attends the University of Idaho in Moscow.